Week In Review 2018: Week 21

Happy Fresh New Term!! At least it’s a fresh new term for us, & there’s something about a lovely fresh new term that is a little bit like a fresh new week or year. A chance to begin again & reach new goals, to enjoy the journey & discover new things.

Our year has been a bit shaky with making multiple {not normal for us} changes in our curriculum to suit our current life circumstances. While I know that there is much to be said for staying any given course, there is also much to be said to teaching our children to adapt to the changes around them without forfeiting your standards. If nothing else, hopefully this insanely rocky year will have taught our children that simple life lesson.

Our first week back to business went off with a bit of rush & scurry as we dealt with a dead car in the driveway, but thanks to RACT & a great mechanic that was only a small side show to our week. The rest unfolded in a very smooth fashion considering we’d been off for longer than normal, as our final week and a half of Term 2 was riddled with one wild ride of a cold, medical & life appointments I had to help Nana cope with, & a few medical scares of my own.

I really expected our first week back to be a bit rocky & am so grateful that it wasn’t. In fact, I was so stressed that we’d have a stressful week I spent time praying about not stressing. You see the irony in that circle of stress, right? Ha! My kids weren’t too fussed about getting back to things, but they were worried about the insanity starting up again, which makes me extra grateful for a calm week to set the tone for the rest of our term..

Morgan & I kicked off the week with his lovely spines, we’re working at a slightly different pace than the guide has us at as we didn’t finish Term 2 exactly where we wanted to be. We ended up covering from 1936-1941 this week, as we had some extra time & were keen to read ahead as well.

This puts us deep in the throws of World War II, so I’ll be rounding up another lot of movies & other small films to watch. I actually had a few films for this decade flagged that I couldn’t wait to watch with him, so I’m a pinch more than a little excited to be here at last. For those of you familiar with Core 300, we’re using our movies more as our research projects with a bit of, “Hey go look up  what was happening in Australia at that time..”

He happily wrapped up China’s Long March, which isn’t one I can share much about as I haven’t actually read this one. It’s sitting in a pile of many other books awaiting me. He shared some interesting tidbits about the book & we enjoyed debating some notes that Mr Holzmann left in the Guide about the Fritz’ neutrality as she wrote the book.

We’ve revamped our Lit for him for the remainder of the year as well, originally he was suppose to cover Brit Lit this year which he started out doing, but then we realised we were using Lit 200 vs 300. However, after a few prominent books from 300 we swung right back to our Brit Lit choices. So this week he’s reading The Strange Case Of Dr Jerkyll & Mr Hyde.

Jayde picked up where he left off in Core H, but because he was also not entirely where we’d like to be by the end of a 2nd Term {mostly due to our late start} we’ve opted to work at a slightly accelerated rate here too. In fact our Bookshark Level 7 has the perfect schedule for that so I simply pulled it off the shelf. He wrapped up Week 10 in that with his spines, started Arrow Over The Door, & he & I are still reading George Washington’s World together. He really loves this book & I love how the author has so wonderfully intertwined everything that is happening within the time period.

My load with this boy is very very light as he does a fair some of things on his own now with only one book done together. It’s a GOOD thing, because this is what we work so hard for, but on the other hand it’s a little sad too as it just shows how fleeting my time left with him is.

Both boys tackled their FIG {as we now call it}, which if you’re interested you can score a free one from Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. {Please note, though, that you get a FULL free student book, but only 2 weeks of the teacher book. Still not bad if you’re keen to try it out.} I’m so glad we opted to back up a bit because the clauses are much much easier for them to spot now.

Which may, or may not, be in part due to the fact that they are now using EIW for writing & it starts them out with learning about sentence fragments. So they get an extra dose of practice from both grammar & writing. We opted to move the kids to EIW because it was set up in a much more user friendly way for them to continue working solo while I was dealing with the life events Nana was going through. It just allows them to keep moving at their own pace even when I’m not available. 

Jayde continued forward with his math, I was a wee bit worried about how this would go with an extended period of time off. He actually got sick first, so by the time he was on the mend the rest of us were down & he volunteered to keep us “company” in the sickbay {as in the lounge room surrounded by quilts & a stack of movies..} However, he aced his quiz & only asked for help with one problem which was a fantastic way for him to start off math for the term. He’s really doing very well with the switch we made for him to move to Teaching Textbooks.

Morgan is still in a slight math glitch, so I had him hold off this week so his reentry to things would be a bit calmer & less stress filled. Can you tell I’m big on reducing the stress around here? We’ve had our fair share of it, & it’s just not fun. Ha! This kid was a little worried about not getting any math in, but when I explained why it wasn’t on his schedule he shrugged & kept moving.

We dug back in with our Bible study on Esther, & realised that our next study should really be with the Precept Upon Precept guides for a bit more meat in our studies, but that’s not to say that this particular level has nothing to offer either.

Science also happened this week. For now Jayden & I reading through Painless Earth Science which he’s so-so about. He’d really like Astronomy for the remainder of the year, but it’s really quite difficult to find something suited to the S. Hemisphere. I’m working on it though. Morgan, on the other hand moved on with his Friendly Biology tackling a bit of Chemistry this week. 

Despite being independent we still meet in the mornings & enjoy a few shared things together. Currently that includes our Bible reading, poetry, apologetics, & a read aloud. It’s a great way for my late riser to wake up without feeling rushed & for our day to still be productive & move forward.

Our current, spur of the moment, read aloud is The Adventures Of Nanny Piggins. It seriously is a laugh a minute & I have to admit I’ve been laughing so hard at times I couldn’t even read the content on the pages which elicited a lot of, “What’s so funny?” 

Our current poetry book is actually a rerun as we’ve yet to purchase a new one for the year. This is the book that goes along with the Core Jayden is doing, so we opted to take another run through. Admittedly this wasn’t one of our all time favourite poetry books, but we’ve really missed our early morning poetry sessions too!

We also threw in an impromptu Independence Day celebration, we’d intended to postpone that until the weekend, but some goodies we were awaiting for the celebration arrived on Wednesday, much to our delight, so we ran with it. All up, a really lovely start to a fresh new term!

Back To School 2018

Next Monday it’s time to dig back into our books as we get back into the routine & rhythm of school. We had a mad dash flurry of purchasing books & curriculum at the end of last year in hopes of getting it all to us prior to the annual post office closure that happens here in December & lasts through January. 
We almost made it, but not quite & found ourself stalking the postie when mail was up & running again, groaning about an additional closure, & then nearly bowling the poor fellow over to procure our final books.

We haven’t really changed much, one is sticking with his beloved Sonlight & the other with his beloved HOD. We’ll  share our choices, which are always subject to change at any time:

Jayden 8th Grade:

Our goal this year with Jayde is to continue working with him to help him be an independent learner, so there are aspects of this he will work solo on & I will attempt not to hover too much. We are VERY excited about his science this year. Last year’s scheduled science was very enjoyable, & such a delight with the meteor showers, eclipses, & so forth, but admittedly it lacked the experiment wow that we’d have liked. I have to admit I was very nervous about this science, remember science is not my strong suit, but when it arrived & we opened up the box with all the beautifully labeled & packaged experiments my boy’s face lit up with excitement.

The only concern I have with this plan, other than the step up in work for our boy, is our IEW SWIB. HOD is well scheduled, & that includes LA but we live what we’ve been using & have opted not to switch to what they use. Having said that, with this level they only scheduled writing once per week as students do a fair amount of writing with research, written narrations, notebooking, etc. This is why I have included dictation this year. We will do the dictation as scheduled & leave the SWI for our 10th academic week per term & have very literal writing intensive weeks.. unless, of course, plans utterly change.

Morgan 10th Grade:

Morgan is very excited to be using Core 200, this wasn’t a level I was sure we’d get to, but he was very excited about it so here we are. Admittedly, the literature for this level is pretty amazing & I think of it as very classic or even British Lit. It will likely go on his transcript as the later. I’ve opted to pull out our Drive-Thru DVDs to have him watch an episode or two each week, he really loved when we pulled out BBC documentaries with Core H, & was dissapointed I didn’t have any on hand for him with Core 100. It’s been a while since we’ve watched these so I thought they might fit the bill, & if nothing else it’s always so fun to see where we are learning about. I’ve debated picking up the Drive-Thru Ancients DVDs, but they are a tad dear so for now we’ll stick with the ones we already own.
He’ll continue with Logic where we left off last year, so he’ll have a little bit of Fallacy Detective to go & then jump right into The Thinking Toolbox before wrapping up with The Art of Argument. We’ve purchased the lecture DVDs for AOA for him to use. He really enjoyed listening to his science with the audio lectures & taking gobs of notes so I thought this might work down the same line.

Science was rearranged a bit for him. His 4 year plan had him with Chemistry for 10th, but due to an error on my behalf with ordering 3 of the same math books {& none of them right!!} he’s a bit farther behind in math that intended. {Can you all say Mom guilt!!} Rather then being upset about it he just slipped biology up a year & postponed his plans for Chemistry.  I love this kid!

French will simply continue forward. He’s really enjoying the journey with his choice in languages. Over the summer holidays we watched the latest “live” Beauty & The Beast & our French was well enough to know what was being said when spoken, but it also meant we knew when the wrong accents were being used. We had ourselves a lovely giggle about it. His end goal is being able to read, without using the dictionary, a Tintin book in it’s origional language. 

I’m not sure yet if he’ll do the SWI as scheduled or just join Jayde for a literal intensive week on our 10th academic week of each term. It may depend on how heavy his schedule is with all that he will have going on and his own preference. I’d like to see him wrap up the SWI & move into a continuation course to be sure we’ve covered all ground needed. Yes, I’m probably worrying for nought considering how well he applied all that he learned to his papers last year, but it’s my job to worry, right?

Don’t you just love his planner? I expected his work load to be increasingly heavy as he moved along & when our umbrella school shared that photo with verse I saved it for the front of his planner. It’s actually much lovelier in person, but you’ll have to take my word for it as I don’t have any better photo to share at the moment.

Week In Review: Week 23

This was our full first week back this term now that kids were on the mend & ready to jump into things. There are still some lingering coughs & congestion from the allergen exposure, but they are both well on the mend.

Despite being our first full week back it was a bit lopsided having school Monday, Tuesday off, & then school the remainder of the week. Tuesday was Anzac Day, & with Mr S home we were off from our normal academic studies.

As for the picture to the left, Mr Archimedes was being quite contrary one morning this week as he was deeply offended he wasn’t allowed out of his cage upon the awakening of the first person in the home. His affronted behaviour continued into our morning basket time until I finally turned the book around so he could read it to us. He promptly eyeballed it up & then became quite quiet. On the bright side, at least he didn’t attempt to take a chunk out of the page, which is what I half expected him to do.

Morgan & I are up earlier & ready to roll before Jayde so we’ve been reading through Evidence For Jesus together. This was one of the Bible books scheduled in his Sonlight readings this year, & admittedly one of the few SL Bible Books I’m not minding. It’s been quite an interesting read as the author has pushed his point. We read through several chapters & I really enjoyed that the chapters in this book lined up with a book I was reading with Jayde this week too.

This boy really loves when I read aloud to him, & as he’s been working so independently this year, aside from the family Read Aloud, we haven’t shared a book together in a while. I snagged one of his lit books  we’ve been slipping a chapter or so of that in together in the mornings too. Bonanza Girl is an absolute hoot thus far, & my boy nearly lost his morning smoothie during one reading in which Mamma was outraged that breakfast for 3 cost her $2 instead of the .60 she’d anticipated. It took us a while to contain ourselves to continue reading, you know after we each pretended to be Mamma & outraged at the cost of breakfast. It’s a seriously funny book & we’re excited to see where it goes.

We are still working through our assigned poetry book. We’re nearly finished with Edgar Allen Poe’s section, & to be honest he’s not a favourite poet. His poems often speak of sorrow, death, & the rather dramatic side of life. Mind you, after reading his biography we do understand this mindset that he had, what a rotten way to live thinking your foster father didn’t love you enough to adopt you, when it was likely a mere lack of communication between the two men.  Maybe it’s just us, or maybe it’s that Poe has followed Dickinson & we very much enjoyed Emily’s poems & thus it’s a hard act to follow..

We pulled out our vocabulary cards which weren’t getting much attention. We reviewed some older cards to see how much had stuck & there were only a couple of words that were forgotten. We’ll start with a fresh batch in the new week & these will be retired to the wall where we will see them daily to remind ourselves of their meanings.

We started a new read aloud a week ago, I think I mentioned it last week, & we indulged in a few more chapters this week. After reading through a stack of books on Tuesday I had to pull up an audio copy to enjoy because I wasn’t sure I could read any further. I was delighted to find that Audible had the Recorded Books version with Virginia Leishman as the narrator. She does such a lovely job & her British accent is delightful as always. We often flip between hard books & audio books depending on how much previous reading I’ve been doing.

Jayde started his new curriculum this week. He had a rough start Monday & Wednesday but found his groove by Thursday, which was an absolute delight to see. I am a big fan of his Bible book, we actually own another one done by the same author so this isn’t too unfamiliar territory for him. It’s spread out over the year & the pace is slower than what we might have normally set, but it allows him to build the confidence to do Bible study on his own. This week, however, we did most things together so he could learn the ropes & expectations in each area.

He’s also working on memorising Philippians 1 this year. He’s generally very good at memorising things so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes. We’ve decided to do this in the way we generally do our Memory Box. We took turns this week being the reader of the card while the other person followed along.

There’s also a devotional that we do a few days a week. We’ve owned this book for years, but I don’t think Jayde has read it. His little blue notebook is for writing specific things from this, & other sources, into.  This book really speaks to him, & it was fun watching his face light up as we read through the first chapter together.

Monday he had some research to do on Rome & wondered if it was a bad time to call Uncle D & ask for firsthand information. I suggested he check with google for his answers & then if he felt uncertain about them we could send Uncle D a message.. you know, after making sure it wasn’t 3 in the morning. He really enjoyed the research aspect of his studies.

We read a few pages in the art book he’ll be using this year as well & then he was able to look at a detailed painting on his notebook page. He found a few things in both that really peeked his curiosity, but I confess this photo is entirely staged. I told him to pretend to be really interested in the book again so I could snap a photo. What he really wanted to do was dash to the kitchen to see if the guys were done with their project or not.

It was a little bit funny that Diana Warring’s cd was included in our boys HOD this year as I’d actually considered using her history programme with him.  Jayde is so-so about the CD. Mrs Warring is very high energy & with our boy’s acute hearing it makes it hard to find the right volume level for him where she’s not too quiet or too loud. While I struggle with the volume of her voice too, I was prepared having heard her passion for history & homeschooling during an online conference years ago. I really appreciated these audio recording because it is her passion that really makes you want to pay attention to every word she speaks.
This was the science I mentioned in my last post that I felt was a bit below our boy & his grade/age level. regardless we’re embarking with it anyway & so far he’s enjoyed the short readings each day. He’s challenged to write down written narrations & sketches in his notebook as well, which is the biggest reason I felt this science was the right choice. Writing is an area our boy is likely not up to snuff in thanks to his VPD & working with a text that is easy to understand will allow him to concentrate more on the writing aspect. That, & the kid would rather poke his own eyes out than deal with a science that will mention molecules & atoms again this year. I think glue may have moved off the mortal enemy list as atoms & molecules may now be resting in first place. Ha!

Tuesday was Anzac Day, & generally we go to the 11am family services held at the local Anzac Cenotaph, but this year it was very cold & wet out. We were really worried about the boys, especially the eldest, being out in that. He was still dealing with a pretty ugly cough on Tuesday. We all just sat there at 11 am looking at each other & the youngest finally said, “I feel weird.” That pretty much summed it up. This is one of those moments that our youngest really loves, as his passion for all branches of the military is pretty high. When the Anzac Day match {Aussie Rules} came on he was quick to sit down & watch the Anzac Ceremony. After it was over he sad, “I didn’t know the MCG could be that quiet.” It really is an amazing thing to watch 87,00 plus fans so quiet that if someone sneezes you can hear it.
You’ve probably noticed a huge bias in photos this week of Jayde vs anything else, & if you know our family well you’re probably thinking how incredibly weird that the camera shy child is the only one in the photos this week. Yep, so am I.  Monday was rainy & miserable & grey so our eldest grabbed his gear, a blanket, & went off upstairs to find a patch of warmth to lie in. He needs as much natural light as possible on overcast days or with his VPD it’s impossible to see.

He’s been reading through Volume 7 still of Hakim’s A Story of Us. He’s had a few questions while reading through this particular volume which have raised many interesting discussions. Over all he really does enjoy these titles & is often full of questions & facts that he can’t wait to share with us after he’s done reading.

He & the math book that finally caught up got busy this week. Only, wouldn’t you know I couldn’t find any spare binding to spiral bind this thing so he pulled an empty binder off the shelf & we set to work hole punching it, which in fairness was quicker because our 3-hole punch can manage many more pages at a go than the ProClick can. The only flaw so far was when I corrected a page & pulled the ultimate “mom mistake”.. okay so it’s probably only a “Mom Mistake” in our home & stems back to when I was homeschooled & got a whole page of math problems wrong & it wasn’t until I was trying to deal with corrections that I had to search out my mother & say that unless 2+2 no longer equaled 4 there was no way I got my whole page wrong. Turned out she’d been looking at the wrong page in the answer key. I did not look at the wrong page, he’d skipped 1 problem {unknowingly because his work was scrawled all over the place} & I didn’t skip a problem in the answer key. Thus there may be a bunch of scribbles on his page which say, “Just joking George, you didn’t really get this wrong..” Never mind his name isn’t George, you totally get my Weasley joke, right?

Jayden’s level of HOD had an optional Shakespeare component to it, which I was delighted to add on for a few reasons. The biggest is that we also had Morgan do Shakespeare around 6th or 7th grade & he really enjoyed it. He used different resources, so I was quite intrigued to read the Lamb version of Shakespeare with my boy. Yes, the programme guide has the children reading it on their own, but I read it to my boy while he works on his colouring & then he added a quote to the page as required.

His finished notebooking pages for history this week. It was a fair sum of writing compared to what he was use to, but it was one reason we were pulled to HOD for him in the first place. From L to R you have: Polycarp, Justin, & Constantine timeline figures {hand drawn & dated}. Polycarp biography. Postcard of Rome {research information he gathered} which was addressed to Mrs Potts because I said he couldn’t address it to the refrigerator. Map of the world which he marked Rome on, photo of Justin which he labeled. Written Narration of Constantine, Roman Arch {was to be used for a hands on project we skipped}, & photo of another Roman Arch

This was Jayden’s spine for the week, & he absolutely loved it. I’m not at all surprised, another winning feature in our move to HOD with him was the selection of non-fiction books that we knew he’d enjoy. I heard him discussing several of the martyrs he’d read about with Mr S last night while I was trying to get dinner out of the oven, & the excitement over finding the sign for Christian/Christ in his Roman Empire game. 

All up it was a lovely week back to studies. I really appreciated that despite a rough start to our week our boy found his feet with his new programme. He accomplished all we set out for him to accomplish with it this week. While there are no photos, he also tackled his regularly scheduled math programme this week.

We left our writing & grammar for next week so that he could ease back into a schedule specially with the new programme. This level of HOD uses IEW’s Middle Ages, but as we are already running with SWI-B from IEW, we felt it was better to stick with what we are doing.

Our eldest really accomplished more than 2 things this week, I’m just lacking the photos to show all his accomplishments. He tackled all his history {HUS Vol 7 & After The Dancing Days}, broke in the new math book, started reading A Long Way From Chicago & was so caught up in the story that when we called him for lunch he shouted down the hall, “I’m sorry I can’t come now. Grandma is about to shoot someone, or maybe she has I don’t know yet! I’m not sure she’s a good Grandma, I’m just.. I have to figure this out!”

Ahh yes, my first impression of Grandma when I read that book many moons ago. I actually bought him the trilogy to work through because while Grandma is rough around the edges, especially in that first chapter, she grows on you & I know he’ll want to hear the rest of her story. I’d made the mistake of saying, “It’s like Grandma’s Attic, you know if Grandma were naughty..”

He tackled French this week, & a grand amount of it too. He was really hung up, as I shared last week, with some flaws in the app, but has really found his feet with things using the website & set himself some mini goals that he tackled & succeeded with.

He was suppose to jump back in with science this week, but there was some hiccup there I still need to get to the bottom of or he’ll find himself doing a module over the summer months. Science is something he actually enjoys so when it doesn’t get tackled he tends to get flustered about it.

Jayde kicked off DITHOR with a biography this week, I was actually excited to see that biographies were scheduled first because his first true love is for non-fiction books. The manual is an interesting beast in that it has the feel of being written for large groups, perhaps even school settings. All the same, we’ll keep with it because there is a reason I made this purchase. I will say I was impressed to know that my boy knew the difference between a biography & an autobiography since it was something we mentioned when he was 6 or 7. I did end up opting for the lower level of this as well feeling it would really be wiser with his VPD & to help build up that confidence. It’s also nice that the expectation of pages to read is discussed when a book is introduced. This allows him to know what he’s in for from the get-go. The only real downer was that due to the rougher start to our week he wasn’t as far along in his book as the manual may have expected so it was a little difficult to fill in the character sheet on this book. All in all though, he’s given all of his new work thumbs up, & coming from this kid is REALLY high praise.

Next week we’ll add our other subjects back in & be off at full kilter again. 

Middle Ages

We’re gearing up to start Middle Ages in the new term, & as I was sorting through resources I thought I’d share some of our favourites here. We’ve used many over the years at varying levels, but this is likely our last trance through this time period & so this trip through the choices are based on the resources I know will best appeal to this particular child.

My goal is to limit this time period to the 9-10 weeks scheduled with our Sonlight Curriculum, so we can meld it right into Renaissance in our final term of the year. However, we’ll be adding in bits & bobs to help aide us along.

I have a couple of new resources to use this go around as well, which I’m pretty excited about! We also have a few fun things which I hope will be right up my World Traveler’s alley so I’m excited to move into this new time period. Not to mention, I find the Middle Ages far more enjoyable than Ancients.

Below is the list of everything we’ll be planning to use this trip through:

We will not be reading this entire book in 10 weeks! We’ll read about half, maybe a little more, depending on the schedule in our curriculum. We’ll roughly be aiming to get through Chapter 25 in either case.

Again, our goal wont’ be to get through all of this, but we will be aiming for roughly half. Last time through we only used MOH2 through the period of the New Church, but our last time through we had a great amount of other things going too. This time our aim is to follow it through, we’ll see what happens. We’ll be using the MP3 Audio version.
We own a fair amount of books in this series & used most of them on our last trip through world history. The current world study traveler isn’t as much into all the hands on projects the last one did, so while this has been pulled out I’m not sure if we’ll use it in full. There are a few topics in the book we may read about if they aren’t covered in any of our other selections.
This series has been well loved by everyone in the house, & I was really excited to pull the Middle Ages title off the shelf again. This may cover a few of the topics from the above book that I want to be sure our world traveler grasps as these books are really incredibly thorough, but if not we have the other book to fall back on.

We picked this up on our last trip through Middle Ages when one of the boys had a huge fascination with knights. They perused the book thoroughly, but I’m not sure how much of that was for the photo eye candy or the actual content. Either way I pulled it back off the shelf & added it to my pile. It discusses the many levels of training a knight went through & the life they lived there after.
You can’t study Middle Ages & not enjoy a book about a castle, right? We picked this one up a while back thinking it was scheduled last time through, only to discover it wasn’t. We’ll enjoy it all the same as we watch the planning & building of a castle come to life in this book.
This title is probably just a pinch behind time wise, but it’s such a great read that we can’t leave it off. It tells the story of Stephen’s stoning & those who were brought to Christ through Stephen prior to that moment. While we know the ending of Stephen’s story, it’s still a beautiful book to bring to life & remind us of the struggles those who first called themselves Christians endured.
This book starts out a little rough around the edges with an incredibly abusive grandfather who is the legal guardian the young protagonist in the story. But once you move past that small portion of the first chapter it’s all adventure & intrigue something that I think my world traveler will eat up.
Last trip through this time period we read Adam Of The Road & found it to be one of the most boring books we’d encountered. Don’t hate us if you love the book, but honestly it was a little happily ever after for it’s time period. I was delighted to have this book on the shelf to pull off & show another side of the traveling minstrel. The Puppeteer’s Apprentice is much more full of action & shows the good & bad side of life on the road during the Middle Ages. Beware, there’s a tear jerker ending though!
This is a new title to us, but we’ve heard many wonderful things about the book & have decided to give it a go. I was debating having my world traveler do this one solo as it can be picked up in audio fashion from Audible, but as it’s not one I’ve read yet I’d like to read it with him, so we’ll see what transpires there.

We own this book both in paperback form & audio form so we may listen to this one vs reading it as our schedule will be pretty full with all the lovely books we have & I really don’t want to rush through our various books & plans.
I picked this book up just a few days ago while I was out & about. I spotted it it on a clearance table at a local toy shop. The book discusses the various types of catapults that were used during this time frame & then has supplies for reader to build one as well as a few cardboard castles to use as your targets. It’s right up my current World Traveler’s alley! 
My dad sent the boys one or two of these books many years ago & it has inspired many fun crafting sessions as they’ve invented varying weapons from time to time. I thought I’d challenge my  boy to make a “weapon” or two per week from the book. A quick note about this book: The projects within can be built from general supplies around the house, but most should be done with parent supervision.

We own many of the Drive Thru DVDs & had a great time watching them through Ancients, so I pulled our next set off the shelf for the next time period. I noticed our DVDs are still sealed, which is peculiar, because I was certain we had previously watched them. Perhaps we watched them off the tv instead!?

I was actually scanning our movie shelf for Robin Hood, but couldn’t find a single copy which baffeled me as I’m certain we own the old Disney cartoon version. Ahh well, I stumbled upon this one which I pulled off to watch at some point. We’ll likely scan Netflix, YouTube, & iTunes for other titles as we immerse ourselves in the time period.

In fairness we own a few games that would be classified as Middle Ages, but I stumbled upon Cathedral while in that afore-mentioned toy shop this week. It was on special for a really great price {for our area} & I snatched it up. I can’t comment on how exciting or not it is as we haven’t dug in to play it yet, but my World Traveler is already intrigued by it because the pieces are beautifully carved wooden castles. Can’t wait to give it a go!  {Aussie readers, you can also find it here, but I promise I didn’t pay even close to that price. Check your local ToyWorld.}

We own several different versions of this came, all loads of fun to play! Any excuse to indulge in a round is a good one, right? The funny part is I’m not sure we own the origional as it was out of stock the day we picked up our very first copy which was playable without the origional version. We’ve been trying for ages to obtain the origional. Ahh, but that’s okay we have the winter edition which is just as fun & fits the Middle Ages theme, some of our other versions are better suited to other periods of history.

Also not pictures, but a fun card game. We kept in the car for a while to pull out at picnics & other outings where we’d be for a while. I’m not sure my current World Traveler has played this one, as he was considerably younger when we obtained it & may have needed a buddy each time. It’s funny how games where they needed a buddy became new all over again when they are able to play it on their own.
We have a few different version of Chess around too. The ultimate favourite that often comes out is the first version we ever purchased the kids, a funny little Sesame Street version. My boys may be teens these days, but this one still gets pulled out to be used. We’ve had to glue a few of them back together over time, but it’s still holding up.
We picked up this nifty lego set a few years back on a deep deep discount at our local lego shop. Some of it is still put together, some isn’t, so I may challenge my World Traveler to put it back together while he listens to some of the lovely books ahead.